Welcome back to Part 2 of Simple Ways to Save Water Every Day. Here is Part 1 of 35 Simple Ways to Save Water if you’ve missed it.
I hope you’ve made a start on saving water. If you haven’t, here’s your motivation to get on to it right away.
Did you know that the water bill of an average American family is $70 per month? That translates to a whopping $840 a year! This is assuming that the average person uses 80 to 100 gallons of water every day.
Take a look at your water bill today. How much of your hard-earned money is going down the drain every single month, year after year?
Let’s see how you can start saving more water now.
How to Save Water in the Laundry Room?
#16 Wash your clothes on full loads only
Your automatic washer uses up to 35 gallons per cycle.
I always wait for more clothes to build up before washing them.
This cuts down the number of times the washing machine is used every week. You get to save money on water and power. Your washer will last longer, since it’s used less often.
#17 Always use the shortest wash for your clothes
Soak heavily soiled clothes first, before putting them in your washing machine. This way, the dirt is more easily washed away, even when you use the shortest wash cycle. You save water and power as a result.
#18 Take the sniff test
You don’t have to keep washing your clothes after using it once. They last so much longer when you wash them less often. If you haven’t been perspiring, you don’t need to over wash your clothes at all.
#19 Collect the wastewater from your washing machine rinse cycle and use it to water your garden or flush your toilets. You save hundreds of gallons of water and slash your water bill.
How to Save water in the Kitchen?
#20 When you wash your vegetables, don’t run them under the tap
Fill a basin with water and soak the veges first. The waste water can be reused on your plants.
#21 Run the dishwasher only when it’s FULL. Each wash uses around 25 gallons of water
You can delay the wash to the next day if there aren’t that many dishes to wash.
If your dishwasher has a half wash setting, it will save you water too.
#22 Do you wash dishes by hand?
Fill a sink with clean water and the other with soapy water.
#23 Have only one sink?
Fill your sink with soapy water to wash your dishes. Remove them from the water. Drain the soapy water and refill with clean water for rinsing.
How to Save Water in the Garden?
#24 Water your lawn only when necessary
You don’t have to keep watering your lawn regularly.
Only water your lawn when needed. One simple test is to step on a patch and if the grass springs back when you remove your foot, it doesn’t need any more water.
#25 Water your lawn for longer periods each time and not too often
When your lawn needs water, give it a good soak so that water penetrates deep into the roots. This encourages the roots to grow deeper, strengthening the health of your lawn.
Don’t keep watering your lawn regularly and for very short periods, as it doesn’t help. It wastes water and your effort and time.
#26 Water your plants during cooler times of the day, as there’s less evaporation
Morning is probably the best time as that’ll discourage fungal growth.
#27 Water on still days when there’s hardly any wind
#28 Water relatively more during the hotter months and less during cooler months
#29 Position your sprinklers so that you water in areas that need it
I’ve seen water being wasted, as it ends up on sidewalks and miss the lawn and plants.
#30 Mulch around your trees and plants as it reduces water loss
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#31 Go for drought-resistant trees and plants
I love succulents as they’re so easy to grow and require hardly any watering. You save time and effort as they need very little maintenance. Succulents are beautiful as well 🙂
Learn more about drought resistant plants here.
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How to Save Water In Other Areas of your Life?
#32 Never hose your driveways and sidewalks
A broom will do the job nicely. Or if you don’ t mind a bit of dust, don’t bother to hose.
#33 Don’t leave water running when you wash your car
Just get ready a pail of water with car shampoo.
Attach a pistol grip nozzle to your hose. This way, you control when you need the water to hose the car and shampoo off.
Use a pistol grip nozzle to save water when you wash your boat or water your plants.
Click on the picture below to find out more.
#34 Discourage your kids from playing with your hose and sprinklers on hot days
Explain to them why. It wastes precious water and further reduces our valuable freshwater. supplies
#35 Minimize using inflatable kids pools, unless it’s a hot day
I know. . . this is one of life’s simple joys. Just use your discretion.
With these 35 water-saving tips, I’m sure you can’t wait to try them out. See which ones you love and start saving gallons of water and lots of your money today!
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